Solar Tracker in the Internet Cloud

This is a Solar Tracker. A full size, internet cloud connected, smartphone accessible Solar Tracker built mainly from 2x4s and plywood, employing wooden peg gears, recycled curtain poles, nuts, bolts and threaded rod. The solar tracker uses a home built electronic controller incorporating WiFi, stepper motor drives, accelerometer and magnetometer. The tracker was designed to drive a full size 90W panel in a ...

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Solar Tracker Relay circuit using Arduino

I've reached the point where I need to think how I'm going to control the motor & linear actuator for my solar tracker. Things to consider - Must be able to go forwards and backwards - so that makes 4 channels, 2 for each motor. Must be able to provide enough power to drive the motors. Originally I looked at an H-Bridge Circuit, and I did buy one, but I had lots of problems with getting it to reverse th ...

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DIY Solar Tracker using Arduino

Introduction We aim to introduce young students to engineering and teach them about solar energy; by having them build a Helios as part of their curriculum. There is an effort in engineering to push energy generation away from the use of fossil fuels and towards greener alternatives. One option for greener energy is to use a device called a heliostat, which uses a mirror to direct the sun’s light onto a tar ...

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